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DC – GUN POLITICS – Fear Of Biden Gun Control Plans Could Drive Gun Sales Even Higher

Former Vice President Joseph Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris are pushing for an aggressive gun control policy that is making gun makers nervous and having the unintended effect of driving sales to epic proportions. “Gun sales are already elevated, in no small part to the threat to gun rights posed by the Biden/Harris ticket,” said Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry group. The specter of gun control isn’t the only factor that’s been driving gun sales since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Gun retailers say the prime catalyst is the desire for self-protection in an era of civil unrest. But as the election draws closer, so does the chance that Democrats could take the White House. “The Biden/Harris ticket poses an existential threat to the firearms and ammunition industry,” said Oliva. “This is a ticket where the presidential nominee stood on the debate stage and called our industry, a constitutionally-protected industry, ‘the enemy.’” He was referring to a Democratic presidential primary debate in 2019 when Biden said, “our enemy is the gun manufacturers, not the NRA.” Background checks conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation have surged to record heights during the pandemic as sales soared for gunmakers Sturm, Ruger RGR -2.2% and Smith & Wesson, which reported a 128% spike in quarterly revenue. Gun sales are fueled by news images of civil unrest, like the deadly clashes between protesters in Portland, Oregon and Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the recent protests in Rochester, New York, following incidents of police brutality towards Black men. The gun control policy of Biden and Harris, should they become the next President and Vice President, is to crack down on tactical-style semiautomatic rifles, including AR-15s, and high capacity magazines with a capacity of 10 or more rounds. They plan to expand background checks, make it easier to sue gun manufacturers and also to ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. It’s a more restrictive version of the 10-year assault weapon ban that expired in 2004, because it doesn’t allow gun makers to tweak certain features on their rifles – like changing a pistol grip to a shoulder stock – to comply with the ban.  [full article]

 

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